Menzies Weekly Seminar - “Drinking and its costs in the NT: exploring and explaining the connections”

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Presenter:  Professor Peter d’Abbs

Date: Jul 09, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Contact person:  Menzies Communications Team
T: 08 8946 8658

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus (also available on WebEx)

Recent research has quantified the high cost of alcohol-related harms in the Northern Territory (NT). The NT has also long been known to exhibit higher levels of alcohol consumption than the Australian average. However, the relationships between drinking patterns, the contexts in which drinking occurs, and the economic costs incurred remain poorly understood. In this seminar, I use coronial reports of alcohol-related deaths in the NT as case studies to examine these relationships.

The case studies identify some of the ways in which high levels of alcohol consumption contribute to elevated rates of alcohol-related problems, which in turn place demands on a range of services. These services have to operate, much of the time, in difficult conditions characterised by remoteness, communication and transportation difficulties, high rates of staff turnover, and cultural differences.

Case studies are particularly well suited to this role for two reasons: firstly, by showing how social, cultural, ecological and economic forces that operate at a macro-social level – such as the distances separating communities in a remote region and difficulties in maintaining policing, health and other services - play out in the lives of individuals, families and local institutions; secondly, by revealing some of the ways in which alcohol-misuse interacts with other processes and events to shape people’s lives.

Dr Peter d'Abbs is Professor of Substance Misuse Studies at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin and Brisbane, and holds an honorary position with the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. He is a sociologist with a research background in alcohol and other drug policy-related issues and in program evaluation. Recent and current research activities include a national evaluation of the rollout of low aromatic fuel in remote Indigenous communities as a deterrent to petrol sniffing and a review of liquor permit systems in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. He is currently a committee member of the NHMRC Alcohol Working Group appointed to update the NHMRC drinking guidelines.

Next Tuesday Seminar on July 16:

Dr Benedikt Ley – A meta-analysis of the performance of the Carestart™ rapid diagnostic test for the detection of glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.”

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  • The presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
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Menzies Tuesday Seminar Series

Occurs every Tuesday effective Tuesday, June 25, 2019 until Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, (UTC+09:30) Darwin
12:00 pm | Australia Central Time (Darwin, GMT+09:30)  |  1 hr
Meeting number (access code): 571 124 917
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